Archive for June 13th, 2010

KMBC – Nebraska Joins Big Ten

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

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Prairie Village – June 14, 2010 Council Packet

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

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Information packets for City Council and Council Committee meetings are prepared and distributed to elected officials on the Friday prior to each City Council meeting. You may download a meeting packet in pdf format.

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Lenexa News Release: Curbside pickup for residents June 12, June 19

Sunday, June 13th, 2010
Curbside pickup for residents June 12, June 19

As a reminder to residents, the city offers an annual curbside pickup of large items for disposal. This year’s curbside pickup dates are as follows:

Saturday, June 12 for residents east of Lackman
Saturday, June 19 for residents west of Lackman

If any resident east of Lackman misses the June 12 date, please call Municipal Services at (913) 477-7880 to schedule another pickup.

For more information, visit the city’s website to learn more.

Lightner for Congress – Patricia Lightner announces support of Sen. Pilcher Cook, Reps. Olson, Kiegerl, Donohoe, Vickrey, Landwehr, Carter, Morrison, and Hodge

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Media Release
June 12, 2010
Contact: Mike Pirner, 913-226-3843
Conservative State Legislators Endorse Patricia Lightner

Olathe, Kan – Former State Rep. Patricia Lightner, Republican candidate for Congress in the 3rd District of Kansas, today announced that a coalition of conservative current and former state legislators are endorsing her campaign.

The list of legislators backing Lightner now includes State Senator Mary Pilcher Cook of Shawnee; State Rep. Rob Olson of Olathe; State Rep. Mike Kiegerl of Olathe; State Rep. Owen Donohoe of Shawnee; State Rep. Jene Vickrey of Louisburg, State Rep. Brenda Landwehr of Wichita, as well as former State Rep. Eric Carter of Overland Park, State Rep. Judy Morrison of Shawnee, and State Rep. Benjamin Hodge of Overland Park.

Lightner said she was honored by the support of her former colleagues. (more…)

NARAL Pushes Amendment Allowing Abortions at Tax-Funded Military Hospitals – Steven Ertelt

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Sen. Rolland Burris of Illinois won approval for attaching the amendment to a bill in the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The panel voted 15-12 for the amendment with all Republicans and Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson voting against it and all other Democrats voting for it.

While pro-life lawmakers hope to remove the Burris amendment on the Senate floor, NARAL is asking its members across the nation to contact lawmakers and tell them to support it.

Greta Van Susteren asks Palin about breast implants on Fox News’ “On the Record” – Newsmax

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

“Breast implants – did you have them or not, because that’s all over the Internet about you, and the mainstream media,” Greta Van Susteren asked Palin on her Fox News “On the Record” show.

UMKC College Republicans — No Excuses

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Fellow Republicans, College Republicans, and future College Republicans -

This email may be long, but I assure you that it reads quickly and provides important information regarding the future of this nation. If that alone doesn’t have you hooked, fellow patriots, nothing will. (more…)

The Enormous Cost of Public Unions — Jay Ambrose

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

The enemy within. That’s what Robert F. Kennedy called the then corrupt Teamsters union in the title of a 1960 book. Just maybe it’s time to use that phrase again, referring not to one union especially, but to a whole bunch of them, and employing the words in political speeches, debate and commentary as a rallying cry.

The bunch is those representing public employees. They constitute an extraordinarily powerful special interest that could all but bankrupt any number of local and state governments and vastly increase federal spending.

Investor’s Business Daily editorial on ObamaCare’s unintended consequences – Insurance: Canceled

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

We start with the story of Americans being kicked into the ranks of the uninsured. Politico reported that “part of the health care overhaul due to kick in this September” could cause 1 million people to lose their medical care policies.

They’ll be cut loose because the new law bans insurers from placing caps on the benefits they pay out. This will force what are known as limited-benefit, defined-benefit or mini-med plans off the market.

Is Obama at a Tipping Point? — David Paul Kuhn

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

This issue comes down to presidential leadership. The British Petroleum crisis clearly placed Obama’s presidency in crisis a couple weeks back. Yet the status quo endured. The media pile on ensued. Impressions solidified. This is what happens when the president does not meet the moment.

History tells us how it happens. Perceptions contrast with promises. The measure of the president appears smaller than the problems before him. Presidencies, subtly and at similar junctures, turn south for a long winter.

“The good presidents are able to basically survive these kinds of events, rarely are they able control of them. They find strong political and strategic responses,” said Princeton political historian Julian Zelizer. “The bad presidents make the crisis seem greater than the presidency.”

This turning point is often gradual. Not made by one event. And like all crossroads, clearest in the rear view mirror. But when the perception goes from good to bad on great events, the entire presidency goes bad.

UK Times – Queen marks official birthday at Trooping of the Colour

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

The Queen marked her 84th official birthday today with a review of hundreds of soldiers in the annual Trooping of the Colour.

She wore a light lilac outfit as she inspected rows of crimson-coated Guardsmen while the sun shone weakly over Horse Guards Parade.

The parade included more than 1,400 soldiers in the traditional uniforms of the Household Cavalry, Royal Horse Artillery and Foot Guards.

Green blunder hands U.S. draw with England

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

(Reuters) – A shocking schoolboy howler from England goalkeeper Robert Green gifted the United States a goal as the two sides tipped to qualify from Group C battled to a 1-1 stalemate at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday.

UK Times Online — Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The Times can reveal.

In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran.

Arkansas Online — 17th body found as search continues at Arkansas flood site

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

LANGLEY – A 17th body has been found as teams continue searching Saturday for people swept away by flash floods at a southwest Arkansas campground.

About 24 people remain unaccounted for, police said.

AP: Google tells lawmakers it never used Wi-Fi data

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

In a letter to three key members of the House Commerce Committee, the company apologized for collecting fragments of e-mails, search requests and other online activities over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks.
The company got the information while photographing neighborhoods for its “Street View” mapping feature. Google said it was trying to gather information about the location, strength and configuration of Wi-Fi networks so it could improve the accuracy of location-based services such as Google Maps and driving directions. Going further and collecting snippets of information traveling over those networks “was a mistake,” Pablo Chavez, Google’s director of public policy, wrote in the letter.

AP — Minnesota wildlife managers ask drivers to brake for turtles as they try to cross roads

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Minnesota wildlife managers say it’s because turtles are trying to get from their winter homes to their warm-weather nesting areas. And the state Department of Natural Resources is urging drivers in Minnesota to give turtles a brake.

NY Times — A Decade Later, Genetic Map Yields Few New Cures

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

One sign of the genome’s limited use for medicine so far was a recent test of genetic predictions for heart disease. A medical team led by Nina P. Paynter of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston collected 101 genetic variants that had been statistically linked to heart disease in various genome-scanning studies. But the variants turned out to have no value in forecasting disease among 19,000 women who had been followed for 12 years.

AFP — World’s biggest radiotelescope launched in Netherlands

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Scientists in the Netherlands unveiled the largest radiotelescope in the world on Saturday, saying it was capable of detecting faint signals from almost as far back as the Big Bang.

Rasmussen — 65% Say Country Better Off If Most in Congress Defeated This November

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 19% of voters think it would be better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were reelected this November. Sixty-five percent (65%) disagree and say it would be better if most were defeated. Sixteen percent (16%) aren’t sure.
These findings are little changed from February. (more…)

Rasmussen on Maine Governor: Republican LePage 43%, Democrat Mitchell 36%, Cutler 7

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

LePage, the mayor of Waterville, received 38 percent of the vote in a seven-way GOP Primary race. Mitchell, the president of the State Senate, won 35% support in a four-way Democratic race. Cutler, a longtime Democratic party activist, is viewed as the strongest of three independents who are running.
In a Portland Press Herald news report, a political scientist in the state characterized the resulting race this way: “The two parties have nominated the most liberal Democrat and the most conservative Republican. … That leaves a great gap in the center.”
LePage holds a double-digit lead among male voters, while Mitchell edges him among female voters.
Republicans appear to have recovered more quickly from their divisive primary than Democrats have. Eighty-two percent (82%) of GOP voters now support LePage, while 67% of Democrats favor Mitchell. Among voters not affiliated with either party, 44% like LePage, 24% Mitchell and 10% Cutler.